The Misericordia University community officially dedicated the John and Mary Metz Field House, the newest addition to Misericordia's growing campus, on Saturday, Sept. 29 to acknowledge the significant leadership and philanthropy of the couple and their family.
The new 21,750-square-foot field house is being named in honor of John C. Metz, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Mary, who have both been longtime supporters of the university and who supplied the leadership gift in the Pursuit for Acclamation Campaign that was undertaken to fund improvements and additions to athletics facilities and residence hall space on campus.
Metz Field House is a $4.1 million state-of-the-art facility that includes athletic training rooms, expanded locker facilities for men's and women's field sports, team meeting rooms, a weight room, showers rooms and public restrooms. A $3 million state grant helped to partially fund the new construction, which is located between Mangelsdorf Field and the newly-constructed baseball diamond, which will be named in honor of the Robert Tambur family.
The Pursuit for Acclamation Campaign supported more than $14 million of investments in campus infrastructure, including Tambur Field, Metz Field House, Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall, Mary Ellen Mac McGeehan Field and an expanded fitness center in the Anderson Sports and Health Center.
Mr. Metz is the executive chairman of Metz Culinary Management in Dallas, which manages food services for school districts, colleges and universities, corporate clients and major hospitals. In addition, his company, Northeast Restaurant Group, Inc., operates many franchise locations for national brands such as Ruth's Chris Steak House, Wolfgang Puck Express and T.G.I. Friday's.
He has been a member of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees since 1988.